Readyville student travels with Lipscomb

Readyville student Victoria Beaty is one of 425 Lipscomb University students who are traveling to 24 locations in 12 countries around the globe to carry out mission work during Lipscomb's spring break from March 12-20.

Beaty, a pre-nursing major and Cannon County High School graduate, will be traveling to the island of Saba.

This will be the 14th year Lipscomb University will host a team to the Dutch island of Saba. The size of the island is only 5 square miles.

Mt. Scenery, the central point of the island, is the highest peak in the Dutch Caribbean. Crime is almost non-existent - there are only 12 police officers.

There are 6 different ecological climates found on the island that include both rainforest and desert; the reef around Saba is rated as one of the top 10 places for scuba diving in the world. There is one road that stretches across the island. English is the language of choice but Dutch is the official language.

Less than 10 percent of the residents go to church and/or are Christians

This year Lipscomb University-hosted mission teams will be traveling to a wide range of locations across the globe such as Baja, Mexico; Crawley, England; El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, New York City and Jamaica.

Students and their mission leaders will be participating in an array of different service tasks from manual labor for Habitat for Humanity to planning and conducting a VBS for children, from medical clinics to tutoring in local schools.